Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

MUSC Health Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program
March 07, 2023
Bowl of Mediterranean Salad

Looking to add some color to your diet this spring? Adding colorful foods to your plate not only looks good, but offers more nutrients as well. This Mediterranean quinoa salad is packed with protein, fiber, antioxidants and vitamins. It’s delicious on its own or can be placed over a bed of greens for an extra crunch.


Quinoa salad

  • 2 cups quinoa, cooked (about 1 cup uncooked)
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ cucumber, chopped
  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • ½ small red onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup kalamata olives, cut in half
  • ¼ cup tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese

Lemon oregano dressing:

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. To prepare the salad mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. If there is any ingredient you like more of feel free to add more!
  2. Mix all the salad dressing ingredients together in a small jar. Cover with the lid and shake until incorporated.
  3. Pour half the salad dressing onto the quinoa salad and give it a taste. If you like more dressing, add more.